A tangled web of fraud

Bulgaria's Corporate Commercial Bank. Again. Oh dear.

There is some good news:

The Bulgaria National Bank (BNB) has now – belatedly – revoked the banking license of the failed Corporate Commercial Bank (KTB) and commenced bankruptcy proceedings. This will come as a huge relief to insured depositors, who will get their money back in time for Christmas. It also means that the attempt by a consortium of investors to rescue the bank has failed.
But what a mess has been left behind:
The BNB’s disclosures about KTB reveal the desperate measures that were taken to preserve the illusion of solvency in the months before its failure. This statement from the BNB’s website explains how the bank self-funded its own Tier2 capital with a complex web of circular lending transactions involving an investment company called TC-IME and a host of smaller intermediary companies. The ownership of the components of this tangled web requires some explanation.
Indeed it does. Read on here.

Related reading:

Bulgarian Stalemate
The Bulgarian Banking Disaster
The Bulgarian Game of Thrones
The curious case of the Bulgarian bank runs
What on earth is going on in Bulgaria?


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